My work explores the relationship between capitalism, alienation, exploitation, and cultural hegemony in America.
If They Don’t Win It’s a Shame is an ongoing project that explores American culture and society within the confines of America’s pastime. The project aims to synthesize my love of baseball and my disdain for the business side of the sport—and our capitalist society at large.
Baseball, with its unique distinction as the national pastime, has long been a microcosm of America. In 1954, at the zenith of America’s postwar society, historian Jacquez Barzun wrote, "whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball”. In reality, the game, like America, has never lived up to its lofty mythos. This work is my attempt to learn “the heart and mind of America”—the grand ole ballpark.